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Engaging communities in environmental communication

Volume 23, Issue 1

July, 2017

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Harris, U. (2017). Engaging communities in environmental communication. Pacific Journalism Review, 23(1), 65-79. doi:10.24135/pjr.v23i1.211
Author(s): Usha Sundar Harris
Publication date: 
July, 2017

This article makes a case for alternative communication models as a means of strengthening networks both for dialogue and social action in environmental communication. It first charts the emergence of the environmental movement in the Pacific region as a consequence of 50 years of nuclear testing. This is followed by a discussion of contemporary environmental concerns facing Pacific communities and the networks of solidarity that have emerged. Participatory media provides an important platform for local communities through which they can share knowledge, create awareness and provide their own perspectives on environmental issues.